Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Kiper's final 'Big Board' before NFL draft
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN draft guru has released his final 'Big Board' before the NFL draft begins Thursday.
So where did your favorite former Pac-12 players end up? Well, truth be told, all the conference players listed ended up in the same place they were on the last Big Board.
Here's where they rank and what Kiper has to say about each.
No. 13 Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Analysis: Frame and skills capable of handling 3-4 or 4-3 defensive end duty. Has top athleticism, smarts and speed for defensive end position.
No. 16 Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Analysis: Excellent size and speed combination, Smith quietly shut down receivers all season. Character issue overstated in eyes of many personnel folks.
No. 17 Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Analysis: A future blindside tackle. Fallen some after a quick rise. Good frame, athleticism and quickness. Has added bulk.
No. 22 Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
Analysis: A physical specimen, has great length and has added bulk to his long frame. Could be moved along offensive line to provide help early in NFL career.
No. 25 Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Analysis: In eyes of evaluators, rebounded some with good workouts, interviews after combine. Arm, attitude, athleticism all there. Accuracy the question.
In Todd McShay's latest mock draft from April 20, he projected six Pac-12 players being picked in the first round, but not Locker.
Here's how he ordered the players and where he sees them going.
No. 9 Tyron Smith (Dallas)
No. 12 Jordan (Minnesota)
No. 21 Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona (Kansas City)
No. 22 Solder (Indianapolis)
No. 23 Jimmy Smith (Philadelphia)
No. 32. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA (Green Bay)